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Week of the Young Child

April 13 – 17, 2020, is Week of the Young Child, which is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The APC is building on its annual Joining Hands for Week of the Young Child on April 14th, adding a Strolling Thunder parade to the Capitol. We invite all who advocate for young children to walk with us, pushing babies in strollers to help bring awareness to the vital investments needed in programs for Alabama’s children from birth to 5. There will be events for children, and information for adults on helping young children #Thriveby5. Advocates will also deliver hand-made handprints from children all over the state to our state lawmakers.

Help us focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

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Background: Each year, the APC promotes the Week of the Young Child in Alabama by coordinating Joining Hands for Week of the Young Child, a half-day event during Alabama’s legislative session designed to raise awareness among local and state decision makers on the needs of young children in Alabama. The APC invites individuals, families, and organizations to participate in the annual Joining Hands for Week of the Young Child event.

For more information on Week of the Young Child, contact Jill West by email at jwest@APCteam.org or by phone toll-free at 1-866-711-4025.

Don’t Be In The Dark About Child Care

Don’t Be In The Dark About Child Care is a partnership campaign of the Alabama Partnership for Children and VOICES for Alabama’s Children. The goal is to educate parents, providers, policymakers, and the community about the benefits of regulated child care settings. Alabama is 1 of only 7 states that allows some child care programs to legally operate un-inspected for basic health and safety standards; and currently nearly one-half of Alabama’s child care centers are legally operating un-inspected and unregulated. Don’t Be In The Dark About Child Care is based on the belief that if every Alabama child care program is required to be licensed and inspected for minimum health and safety standards, then families can feel more comfortable knowing their young children are in safe, healthy, and beneficial child care environments. For more information, contact Gail Piggott by email at gpiggott@APCteam.org or by phone at 1-866-711-4025.

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The Alabama School Readiness Alliance

The Alabama School Readiness Alliance (ASRA) is a statewide, nonprofit coalition advocating for the expansion of high-quality, voluntary pre-k. ASRA was formed in 2006 as a joint campaign of A+ Education Partnership, Alabama Giving, Alabama Partnership for Children, and VOICES for Alabama’s Children. ASRA’s mission is to close student achievement gaps by ensuring that all children enter school ready to learn. We build support for pre-k expansion by:

  • Collaborating with community and civic leaders
  • Raising public awareness of the need for and effectiveness of Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program
  • Advocating for increased state, local and private investments in high-quality, voluntary pre-k.

For more information on ASRA, contact Allison Muhlendorf by email at amuhlendorf@alabamaschoolreadiness.org, or visit its website at www.alabamaschoolreadiness.org.

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Home Visiting Advocacy

The APC, with funding from the Alliance for Early Success, promotes the expansion and enhancement of Home Visiting services in Alabama, in coordination with the Departments of Early Childhood Education and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Through engagement and guidance from the statewide Home Visiting Advisory Board, the APC has prioritized education and advocacy surrounding the needs and concerns of very young children. The goal is work towards a cohesive message about the importance of Home Visiting for all of Alabama’s families. The APC does not provide direct Home Visiting services, but links together Home Visiting providers, state agencies supporting them, and various communities and families served by Home Visiting services. The hope is to provide a unified voice emphasizing the important and unique place for Home Visiting in the early care and education system. For more information on the APC’s Home Visiting Advocacy work, contact Gail Piggott by email at gpiggott@APCteam.org or by phone at 1-866-711-4025.

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